Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Shooting reported at California high school, sheriff says

Highland High School in Palmdale California Highland High School in Palmdale California Highland High School in Palmdale California
Glenn Montgomery | 13 May, 2018, 00:39

A teenager who's accused of shooting a fellow student at a high school in Palmdale, California, is in custody, after law enforcement authorities acting on reports of an active shooter swarmed the campus, which is about 60 miles north of Los Angeles, authorities said.

Deputies say they also responded to reports of shots heard at an elementary school in Palmdale but quickly realized there was no threat.

The gun was found later at an open field west of the school, the sheriff's office said.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have detained a person after responding to reports of a man with a gun at a high school in the city of Palmdale. Authorities said the victim is a 15-year-old boy who was shot through the forearm and transported himself to a local medical center.

Student Melany Aquino, center, is embraced by her younger sister, Halie, 11, left, and mother, Victoria, as they reunite after young gunman fired a rifle at Highland High School in Palmdale, California early Friday, May 11, 2018.

A 14-year-old has been arrested after a classmate was shot in the arm with a rifle at their high school in California.

The suspect was expected to face attempted murder charges, McDonnell added. A lockdown that had students sheltering in place was lifted by 10:30 a.m., and students were being released to parents, the school's principal said on Twitter.

There was no immediate word on a motive for the shooting. The arresting officer is a family friend, McDonnell said.

Highland High student Katharina Smith, 16, said she was driving to the school when she saw "a ton of police racing toward school".

Johnny Lewis Sr., whose 17-year-old son is a student at the school, told the Los Angeles Times that he never thought he would experience a school shooting.

"It's scary, I don't know what to feel", Ana Salazar told KTLA. While police searched for the suspect and secured the area, the school was on lockdown.

Firefighter-paramedics told NBC Los Angeles they received a report of one person with a gunshot wound, though any injuries couldn't be independently confirmed.

Highland High School will have classes on Monday, said Brett Neal, assistant superintendent of the Antelope Valley Union High School District.

The Los Angeles Times said that the shooting occurred because of a dispute between the two students.

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